[dateline] New York July 8. 1794.
[salute] My dear Madam
The stage in which I had engaged a passage for Philadelphia this morning, has gone
away by mistake, and left me behind, which gives me leisure to write a line by my
brother. He intends to pay you a visit this summer, and will be the bearer of this.
I was detained three days in Newport for a wind, but otherwise have had a very comfortable
passage from Boston hither— I find my health better than when I saw you, and hope
that the heats of Philadelphia, will not prove injurious to it. I shall make as short
a stay there as possible.
I have met here with Messrs:
Talleyrand and Beaumiez, who are about to proceed eastward, and will in the course
of a fortnight or three weeks pay you a visit. I have likewise seen a Mr:
Colomb, an aid to Mr
De la Fayette; who went to Europe in 1779 with us on board the Sensible.1
“tempora mutantur et nos mutamur in illis.”2
Colomb and I sat and conversed very sociably together for half an hour before either
of us discovered that we had been formerly acquainted, and fellow passengers.
If you do not understand my Latin quotation, I must plead the example of the most
respectable authority as a precedent to excuse my inserting it.
Mrs Smith and the family are well, but her children were in the Country, and I was disappointed
in not seeing them.— At three this afternoon I start for Philadelphia, from which
place, I hope you will shortly hear from me.
In all duty and affection, I remain your Son.